Using two hard drives with 2 OS's at the same time

I want to keep my old hard drive and all my old files intact, but I want to get a SSD for booting and keeping programs on. My old drive has windows 7 32 bit, but I want to put 64 bit on my new drive. If I boot on my new drive what exactly happens with files and programs on the old drive. Are they only accessible by switching the drives in the bios? Or will they open and run like they had been installed on the windows 7 64bit?
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  1. Your 'files' will probably be acessible. You might run into permissions issues, though.

    The applications in the 32bit OS will only really be accessible if you boot from that drive.
    I suspect you'll be booting from it less and less as time goes on.
  2. USAFRet said:
    Your 'files' will probably be acessible. You might run into permissions issues, though.

    The applications in the 32bit OS will only really be accessible if you boot from that drive.
    I suspect you'll be booting from it less and less as time goes on.


    Thanks! I am hesitant to format the old drive until I know everything is working the way it should on the new drive, and was hoping this would be possible before I transfered old drive files to an external and then back again to the new drive.
  3. Before i installed my new drive I backed up all my Files to an external. After it was installed I reformatted my HDD and put the files back on it. I then installed all my games and programs on the ssd.
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